Vermont Adventure Tours offers private guided rock climbing trips in Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire. Meet at our facility in the morning, get setup with equipment, and head out for an unforgettable day with your guide. Choose from a course listed below, or customize a day with your guide. Please contact us at least 48 hours in advance to make a reservation. Private guiding is scheduled 7 days a week.
First Person: $150.00
Each Additional Person: $125.00
The first step in learning how to rock climb. This course teaches participants the fundamental skills needed to participate in top rope climbing. Students will learn how to tie into the climbing rope, how to belay another climber on top rope, how to properly anchor themselves while belaying, and basic climbing technique such as footwork and balance. Climbing safety will constantly be stressed during this course.
The next step in improving your climbing skills and technical knowledge. Students will learn to build top rope anchors using natural protection: i.e., trees, boulders, and natural features of the rock. Artificial protection placement will also be addressed in the course. Students will also explore rappelling methods. After completing Rock 201, successful students should be competent climbing on their own on single pitch top rope sites.
(Rock 201 is a two to three day course)
This course educates students on proper methods of seconding a leader, removing and re-racking protection, transitions at hanging/multi-pitch anchors, and multi-pitch rappelling.
*Prerequisite of Rock 201 or the equivalent required.
An advanced climbing course designed to teach students in the use of artificial protection to build anchors and protect the leader. This course can be taken in a 2-3 day format. Upon completion of this course students should be comfortable leading multi-pitch rock climbs within their ability level. Discipline and efficiency will be stressed during this course.
*Prerequisite of Rock 301 or the equivalent required.
This course addresses physical movement, balance, equipment, and technique on both crack and face climbs of all angles. Minimal technical rope skills are involved in this course, allowing students to focus on improving their climbing technique. Rates are the same as for private guiding. The student to instructor ratio is kept low (3:1) to allow time to be focused on your individual skills.
This course breaks the complex, confusing system of self-rescue down into five categories: Escaping the belay, load transfers, lowering systems, raising systems, and miscellaneous skills such as knot passes. Even gym climbers can benefit from these skills. Many climbers do not value these self rescue skills, brushing them off in hopes they will improvise something they once saw in a book. We feel very strongly that these are invaluable skills that every climber, top roper and leaders alike should master and practice on a regular basis. Rates are the same as for private guiding. We suggest you take this course in one to three days, depending on your level of experience and knowledge. We will evaluate your skills on the first day. We will ensure you have a low (2:1) student to instructor ratio.
Most adventure races have slightly different requirements, so this course is designed around your needs and requirements. The standard clinic is a full day, and consists of rappelling over varied terrain (overhangs, vertical faces, slabs), ascending a fixed rope on varied terrain, knot passes, and some self-rescue. We will practice the skills enough to have you moving confidently and efficiently. The rates are the same as for private guiding. We will ensure you have a low (3:1) student to instruction ratio. Click here for information on our personal certifications and credentials. Shorter versions of this course, as well as skills checks are also available upon request.
Vermont Adventure Tours Deposit Policy
A 50% deposit secures your space in a course. We reserve the right to change or cancel the course at any time. If the course is canceled by VAT, participants will receive a refund of their deposit. No other fees will be paid to cover expenses of participants. Participants will receive a full refund of their deposit if they cancel with at least 7 days notice given to VAT.
No refunds will be given within 7 days of the course for any other reason.
A Word About the Dangers of Adventure Activities:
All adventure related activities involve risk. We take every step possible to minimize those risks. Our instructors are highly trained professionals, certified in Wilderness First Aid and technical skills. Even so, accidents that result in injury or death are possible. Please be informed of these risks by reading our Liability Waiver. Even if you don't go with us, please seek qualified instruction.